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March 18, 2009
The six customer teams plan to race in five European GT3 championships as well as in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring for which Audi Sport has developed an endurance version of the R8 LMS.
Twelve R8 LMS sports cars will be in action in more than 40 events at almost 30 European circuits throughout the 2009 motorsport season. "This allows us to collect a lot of experience which will flow into the development of the R8 LMS,” says Oliver Straube who is responsible for marketing of the R8 LMS at Audi Sport.
With the GT3 race version of the R8, Audi Sport developed a racing sports car specifically for use in customer sport with the GT3 race version. Pure "factory” entries are not planned with the R8 LMS.
The assembly of the race cars including the body shells is made by quattro GmbH in Heilbronn-Biberach in a factory hall specifically for the customer sport program. The Audi factory in Györ, Hungary, deliver the V10 engines.
The new Audi R8 LMS competes in GT3 race series for the first time over the Easter weekend (10 to 13 April). The French GT Championship and the ADAC GT Masters start at the same time at Nogaro (France) and in the Motorsportarena Oschersleben (Germany).
FIA GT3 European Championship (Phoenix Racing, Team Rosberg)
05/03 Silverstone (GB) 05/17 Adria (I) 06/21 Oschersleben (D) 09/13 Algarve (P) 10/04 Paul Ricard (F) 11/14 Dubai (UAE)
ADAC GT Masters (Abt Sportsline, Argo Racing, Phoenix Racing, Team Rosberg)
04/13 Oschersleben (D) 05/10 Assen (NL) 06/07 Hockenheim (D) 07/05 EuroSpeedway (D) 08/23 Nürburgring (D) 09/20 Sachsenring (D) 10/18 Oschersleben (D)
French GT Championship (ORECA)
04/13 Nogaro (F) 05/10 Dijon-Prenois (F) 05/31 Magny-Cours (F) 07/05 Val de Vienne (F) 09/06 Albi (F) 10/04 Paul Ricard (F) 10/18 Lédenon (F)
Italian GT Championship (Audi Sport Italia)
05/31 Vallelunga (I) 06/07 Magione (I) 06/21 Mugello (I) 07/19 Misano (I) 09/06 Imola (I) 09/27 Mugello (I) 10/18 Monza (I)
Belgiam GT Championship (Phoenix Racing)
04/26 Zolder (B) 05/10 Spa-Francorchamps (B) 06/06 Spa-Francorchamps (B) 07/11 Spa-Francorchamps (B) 08/22 Zolder (B) 09/20 Algarve (P) 10/11 Zolder (B)
Long distance championship Nürburgring (Phoenix Racing)
04/04 Nürburgring (D) 04/18 Nürburgring (D) 05/02 Nürburgring (D) 06/13 Nürburgring (D) 06/27 Nürburgring (D) 07/18 Nürburgring (D) 08/29 Nürburgring (D) 10/03 Nürburgring (D) 10/17 Nürburgring (D) 10/31 Nürburgring (D)
(March 12, 2009)